Security and Privacy Issues in the Portable Document Format

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Provided by: Universidad Panamericana, Campus Guadalajara
Topic: Security
Format: PDF
The Portable Document Format (PDF) was developed by Adobe in the early nineties and today it is the defacto standard for electronic document exchange. It allows reliable reproductions of published materials on any platform and it is used by many governmental and educational institutions, as well as companies and individuals. PDF documents are also credited with being more secure than other document formats such as Microsoft Compound Document File Format or Rich Text Format. This paper investigates the Portable Document Format and shows that it is not immune from some privacy related issues that affect other popular document formats.
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